Renewable energy will boost software demand, says Greenpeace

Moving to a distributed model for energy supply will lead to management challenges

As countries restructure their electricity sector to include more renewable resources, there will be a higher demand for management software, throwing up opportunities for software and services companies worldwide, according to a Greenpeace spokesman.

Managing a single point supply like a coal plant involves fewer challenges than managing a distributed energy supply system consisting of conventional power stations and renewable energy systems spread across a number of locations, said Sven Teske, Director of Greenpeace's Renewable Energy Campaign, on Friday.

Last October Greenpeace and the European Renewable Energy Council set a blueprint for reducing carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2050 in a document entitled "Energy Revolution".

Renewable energy from sources including wind and the sun is a key component of this strategy.

The Greenpeace model distributes the equivalent of a single 2-gigawatt coal power plant among a number of power plants using solar, wind and bio-mass energy in different locations around in a city, Teske said.

This model requires far more management and better forecast of demand and supply, including taking into account the impact of weather conditions on demand and supply of energy, Teske said.

A cloud moving over a city, for example, can lead to reduced production of solar energy at some locations on the grid, and increased production at other locations, which requires software to manage, he added.

The restructuring of the global electricity sector will require an investment of US$14.7 trillion up to 2030, according to Greenpeace.

Teske did not however give a figure on how much of this investment would be on software.

Besides providing the software for the new power grids, IT companies can also help the environment by designing more energy-efficient equipment, according to Greenpeace.

In industrialized countries, the only reason why there is still increasing demand for electricity is because of the demand from running IT infrastructure like servers, Teske said.

The next big area of competition for equipment makers will have to be in the area of the energy efficiency of their equipment, and this is already happening, he added.

Greenpeace challenged earlier this month the leaders of top electronics and IT companies to back up their claims of green credentials by actively campaigning for strong action at the Copenhagen meeting on the environment in December.

The meeting aims to reach an agreement on reducing climate change that will replace the current Kyoto Protocol.

"IT companies get heard in government, and we would like to have them as allies," Teske said.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags green ITGreenpeace

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

John Ribeiro

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Armand Abogado

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?